"Coal-Ash Sites Polluting Water, Report Says"
"At least 31 more coal-ash impoundments across the country -- including two in West Virginia -- have been found to have polluted nearby groundwater, wetlands and streams, according to a report issued Wednesday by two national environmental groups.
The report brings to more than 100 the total number of sites where coal-ash disposal has been linked to contamination of water supplies with toxic pollutants including arsenic, cadmium and selenium.
Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project released their new report as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reform handling and disposal of toxic ash from coal-fired power plants remains bottled up at the White House.
"The data are overwhelming, and these 31 sites sound a clear warning that the EPA must heed before much more damage is done," said Jeff Stant, director of the Environmental Integrity Project's coal combustion waste initiative."
See Also:Source: Charleston Gazette, 02/25/2010